Women’s basketball gets win against Knox, lose to Grinnell –ama

Ted Greeley

After dropping a game to Beloit last Tuesday, the Lawrence University women’s basketball team returned to the court to take on Grinnell on Friday and Knox on Saturday. On Friday night, the play went back and forth in the first half, with Lawrence taking an early lead on a lay-up by senior Carrie Van Groll. The Vikings relinquished the lead for good in the first half when Grinnell’s Jessica Vaverka hit a free throw shot at 16:58.Grinnell was up by seven points at one point in the first half but Lawrence fought back and the game was within one at half time 29-28. The second half was back and forth with Lawrence tying the score four times before Grinnell began to pull away, amassing a double digit lead at 9:46. The Vikes would get the game as close as seven but ultimately lost 76-63. Senior Kelly Mulcahy led the Vikings with 23 points and 15 rebounds completing the double-double. Van Groll added 15 points and sophomore Caresse Reiland had 9 rebounds.

On Saturday night the Vikings tipped off against Knox College. Lawrence would be down only once and that was when Knox hit their first jumper out of the gate. The Vikings would take the lead on a lay-up by Mulcahy at 18:04 and they did not look back. At half time, the score was 29-17. The second half was more of the same and Knox never came within 10 of the Vikings. The final score was Lawrence 63, Knox 52. Lawrence was led by Mulcahy, with 22 points, and Reiland, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double. The Vikings had 12 steals on the night to help them win the game.